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WACOM Bamboo Create Tablet
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Almost everything I wanted 07/06/2012

This review is from: WACOM Bamboo Create Tablet

Pros: • The input is very precise and responsive, exactly as you would expect it to be.
• Excellent customizability. There are two buttons on the pen and four on the tablet. All buttons have many customization options and you can change many characteristics of the tablet so that it feels as soft or firm as you want it. You can even program in multiple keystrokes, which has just occurred to me might be an easy (though not fully secure) way to store complex passwords.
• It has an eraser function, despite several reviews saying that the eraser did not work. It may not work in some software environments.
• Some of the bundled software is pretty nifty. Photoshop Elements and Corel Painter Essentials are both very nice. There are also many free "apps" that can be found in the "Bamboo Collection".

Cons: • Microsoft OneNote fails to properly recognize the tablet. It can write and erase just fine, but it does not implement auto-smoothing so writing can appear jaggy. Numerous complaints about this can be found online and I have emailed Wacom regarding it-- they assured me that it is Microsoft's issue, not theirs. If you want to use OneNote with full features, you may have to wait for a software update. Ho hum. In the meantime, I've found that using larger pens makes the writing look fairly smooth on its own.
• In concession to the negative review, the cable from the tablet can be a little finicky. I find that if I accidentally press down on the cable, the connection can be lost. This is not a problem 95% of the time and I am not bothered by it, as the connection is quickly re-established.

Other Thoughts: I was torn between a 4 and a 5, but chose 5 to offset the one egg review.

Here are some important questions that bear answering:
"How quickly can you learn to use it?"
Pretty quickly-- within a week. My first inclination was to use it like a touchpad (incidentally, it can be used as a touchpad, though this feature can be turned off). It takes a while to get used to the one-to-one correspondence with the screen.

"How does it compare with a full-fledged tablet PC?"
As I don't own a tablet PC, I can't fully answer that question, but there is nothing I have used the Create tablet for that I think would be much easier on a tablet PC. The only noticeable drawback is that you don't know exactly where your cursor will end up when you put down the pen, which can be an issue when erasing. Writing legibly and drawing are not difficult.

"Is it worth it?"
Yes, absolutely. You can pay a roughly $500 premium for a comparable PC with tablet features or just $200 for the Create.

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVE 320GB 5400 RPM PATA 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: If you have one of the few remaining PATA systems, this is the hard drive for you.

Cons: I honestly cannot think of any.

Other Thoughts: I used this drive two years ago to back up my failing 80 GB hard drive for my hp zd7260us. My computer recently died, so this is now a great external hard drive. I never had a problem with it (and if I remember correctly, it was a little quieter than my old drive).

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Crucial 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 333 (PC 2700) Laptop Memory Model CT12864X335
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Pretty good, but Memtest found errors 04/28/2012

This review is from: Crucial 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 333 (PC 2700) Laptop Memory Model CT12864X335

Pros: It's 1 GB of RAM for a reasonable price. I bought two.

Cons: I ran Memtest shortly after installation and it found a few errors. My more tech-savvy friend pointed out that this would cause blue screen errors whenever system-critical processes are written to the RAM. For a variety of reasons (laziness, hassle, and being in a different part of the country from where I originally shipped them), I decided to take my chances and not return them. They worked fine and I never had a noticeable problem with them. Blue screen errors were very rare-- perhaps one or two in the last five months.

Other Thoughts: I bought two chips for my hp zd7260us and they worked great. Unfortunately, the motherboard recently died, so I can't report on the longevity of the RAM, but they were nice while they lasted.

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Ethan R.'s Profile

Display Name: Ethan R.

Date Joined: 06/29/09

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 07/08/09
  • Last Review: 07/06/12
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